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LIFE   OF
been included in the collected edition of Ills works.
They form, a valuable supplement to it, giving Hnm-
"boldVs views on this field of art, and are a valuable
contribution to the history of art in Germany.
In the spring of 1826, Humboldt went to Silesia
to spend some time in OttmachazL He travelled
over Breslai25 where lie made some new Meads, among
tliem the famed piiEologlaii and lexicographer,, Franz
Passow. Humboldt honoured Ms opinions as much
as his talents, for Passovr was one of those who
bravely opposed the romantic pietistic reaction in
literature, which tkreattned to gain ground.
In the summer we find him again in Tegel,
while his wife was at the baths of Qastein, and
towards the end of the year lie paid Goethe another
Tibit, and remained with him over the new year. Goethe
writes to Ms friend Zelter, 9th J~an.5 1827, " I must
acknowledge that I have been very well these last
days, for Herr von Humboldt remained with us
longer than I could have Iioped3 and I thus had the
opportunity of filling up a wide breach of social in-
tercourse/ *
The year 1826 is marked by two events which ex-
cited Humboldtfs interest., though in a different
degree.
The first was the Greek war of emancipation^ which
kept alive the opposition against the system of prince
ICettemieii during the following oppressive years.
The pubfic sympathy for. this cause was kept down
in. Berlin for some time5 l>ut a chaiige was eftected
herein, in April^ 1826 ; soon after the emperor Alex-
ander's             Professor Hufeland ajid three theolo-
gians of Berlin issued an appeal in favour of the
Greeks in the beginxfcing of May in this yeaxy which
excited the               enthusiasm. The eoniribntions
were reported in. the Berlin newspapers, and among
the first and most miratfieemtj next to those of prince
August,, was that of tike miimfcer Von Hixmboldt.
The            event is of ap. entirely different
It                an agitation <rf